The Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough: Hours, Address, The Canadian Canoe Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Canadian Canoe Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world's largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the watercraft and their stories of national and international significance, have a pivotal role to play in our collective future.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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S P
Oshawa, Canada5 contributions
Worth the drive to Peterborough
Aug. 2021
VERY well put together. Impressed that it was a multi-sensory experience. The stories were rich in detail making me feel like I had been transported back in history. I especially liked the stories about famous Canadians and their adventures in a canoe. A true Canadian jewel.
Written August 12, 2021
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Thank you for this fantastic review - we are so pleased you had a wonderful experience visiting the museum!
Written August 12, 2021
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PolarLawyer
Lakefield, Canada70 contributions
This a Peterborough Must See
Mar. 2020
The first time we went to the Canoe Museum, I thought “well this will be boring and take about half an hour”. How wrong I was! This is a fascinating collection of Canadian canoes (including many various traditional Indigenous forms of canoes and wonderful historic versions of trader canoes). You could spend almost a whole day - lots to see, great interactive displays for kids, a terrific little gift store to find a gift for the paddler in your family. It is a true local gem ...
Written March 22, 2020
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We are happy to have defied your expectation that the museum was boring, and have made a new fan! Thank you for visiting and reviewing, PolarLawyer.
Written July 20, 2020
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John L
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
Very worthwhile museum.
Aug. 2019
We hadn't planned on going to the museum, but as things turned out, it was on our way as part of a larger trip, and so we took the opportunity. It has a great history of the development of canoe making and use, and how the canoe helped with the exploration and development of Canada. Of particular note is the coat worn by former Prime Minister P. E. Trudeau (Justin's dad) on his canoe outings. We enjoyed several hours viewing the various displays. Most enjoyable.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and leaving us a review - we are so pleased that your trip ended up taking you to our museum!
Written July 20, 2020
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Mark B
London, Canada45 contributions
Definitely worth a visit.
Jan. 2020 • Solo
I was in Peterborough at my sons hockey tournament and I noticed the museum. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The museum is very well laid out with extensive historic and recent examples. Well worth the visit!!
Written January 25, 2020
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We are pleased to hear it was worth the visit (and we hope your son did well in his hockey tournament)! Thank you for leaving us a review.
Written July 20, 2020
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AngusCampbell1961
Dundee, UK16 contributions
Fascinating museum which linked history of canoe building to exploration of Canada
Jan. 2020
The Canadian Canoe Museum is a real gem. It doesn't look much from the outside but it is amazing. It highlights the use of canoes by early European traders who learned from the indigenous people how to navigate their way round the country and trade by river, lake and stream by canoe. With over 150 canoes on display and 500 more in storage, the museum is a great place to learn about canoes and about the development of Canada following European settlement. It also highlights the development of canoe building expertise and Peterborough's role as the centre of Canadian canoe building. There is so much to see and experience that there is not enough space here to do so. Just visit as you will not be disappointed. There is something for all ages. My 80+ year mother visiting from Scotland had a great time as she got a chance to dress up AND play with puppets!
Written January 21, 2020
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What a lovely review! We are thrilled that you had a great experience with your mother visiting from Scotland, and we agree - it may not look much from the outside, but as the saying goes, it is what is on the inside that counts!
Written July 20, 2020
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Ella G
Penticton, British Columbia10 contributions
Definitive history of canoes
Sep. 2019
I had no idea there were so many types of canoes and I definitely got a better understanding of the life of a voyageur. Definitely a place to see to also learn about travelling in Canada before cars.
Written January 7, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and leaving us a review!
Written July 20, 2020
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erika10
Apsley, Canada34 contributions
Pleasantly Suprised
Nov. 2019
This was our first time at the Canadian Canoe Museum and wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at the quantity and quality of the displays. There is so much history to read and well as a number of hands-on exhibits. It's not big...only take 2 hours to go through it but definitely worth it. Great place to learn a lot of the history of Canada, canoes and our heritage. The layout of the displays is outstanding.
Written December 21, 2019
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Thank you for a great review! We hope you will visit us again.
Written July 20, 2020
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Kathy B
Peterborough, Canada4 contributions
The only canoe museum in Canada!
Oct. 2019
This unique museum holds a wonderful collection of canoes and kayaks. They are very well displayed and give you a true sense of what it was like to be an explorer, voyageur or hunter. Well worth a visit!
Written November 5, 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience, Kathy! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 7, 2019
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121bw
Perth, Canada251 contributions
Love it!
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Love this museum, the historic kayaks and canoes from across the North and across the indigenous tribes, plus the history of exploration of Canada. Beautiful recreational canoes and the volunteers can tell you fascinating stories of how the museum was given some of their artifacts. This museum is unique and well worth a visit!
Written October 10, 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and that it was worthwhile.
Written November 7, 2019
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Nancy L
10 contributions
Craft Show
Nov. 2018
I went last Fall to a craft show that was spread throughout the museum. It was lovely with lots of space to look around & a chance to see items in the museum as well - a perfect venue & lovely displays.
Written October 9, 2019
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Thank you for visiting, Nancy! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.
Written November 7, 2019
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